Oxidants in Acute and Chronic Lung Disease
- *Corresponding Author:
- Praveen Mannam
Department of Internal Medicine
Yale University School of Medicine
300 Cedar Street, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: July 28, 2014; Accepted Date: September 9, 2014; Published Date: September 11, 2014
Citation: Praveen Mannam, Anup Srivastava, Jaya Prakash Sugunaraj, Patty J Lee, Maor Sauler (2014) Oxidants in Acute and Chronic Lung Disease. J Blood Lymph 4:128. doi: 10.4172/2165-7831.1000128
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Oxidants play an important role in homeostatic function, but excessive oxidant generation has an adverse effect on health. The manipulation of Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) can have a beneficial effect on various lung pathologies. However indiscriminate uses of anti-oxidant strategies have not demonstrated any consistent benefit and may be harmful. Here we propose that nuanced strategies are needed to modulate the oxidant system to obtain a beneficial result in the lung diseases such as Acute Lung Injury (ALI) and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). We identify novel areas of lung oxidant responses that may yield fruitful therapies in the future.